How to Play Tequila Poker

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Despite its intriguing name, Tequila Poker is not a drinking game. It is one of the newest and fastest growing card games on the Internet, thanks largely to its combining the elements of two popular casino games in one: Blackjack and 5-Card Poker.

Tequila Poker is played with a single 52-card deck. Each hand begins with an Ante, which must be no less than the table minimum and no more than the table limit. Then, four cards are dealt face up. At this point, the player has several decisions to make before two additional cards are dealt face up and the result of the hand becomes known.

The player’s first decision is whether to continue to play after seeing the four cards or to fold. Although folding means sacrificing the full amount of the Ante, it can be the best choice when dealt a poor hand as a method of limiting losses.

Assuming the player wishes to continue, however, the next decision is whether to play the hand as a High Tequila hand or as a Tequila Poker hand. Either choice will require an additional wager equal to the amount of the original Ante bet and then two more cards will be dealt face up.

High Tequila is somewhat like Blackjack, in that the point values of the cards are added together. Aces count as eleven points, court cards (King, Queen, Jack) count as ten points, and all other cards are counted at face value. The object is to combine the values of five of the six cards dealt for a total of 46 points or more, in which case the Ante bet pays even money.

Payouts on the additional wager for High Tequila are made as follows: even money for 46 to 48 points, 2-to-1 for 49 points, 3-to-1 for 50 points, 4-to-1 for 51 points, 7-to-1 for 52 points, 15-to-1 for 53 points and 200-to-1 for 54 points, which would be four Aces and a card valued at ten—the highest count possible. Any hand valued at less than 46 points loses both the Ante and the additional wager.

Any winning High Tequila hand must contain at least one card valued at ten or eleven points. Obviously, if the first four cards dealt show no ten, court card or Ace, betting on High Tequila is not an option. On the other hand, if there are three or four cards valued at ten points or more among the initial four cards, the odds of winning are much better.

When choosing to play the cards as a Tequila Poker hand, the game becomes more like regular poker. The six cards are used to make up the best possible five-card poker hand and the remaining card is disregarded. It takes at least a pair of Aces to win, and the Ante bet pays even money on all winning hands.

Payouts on the additional wager for Tequila Poker are made as follows: even money for an Ace pair, 2-to-1 for two pair, 3-to-1 for three of a kind, 5-to-1 for a straight, 7-to-1 for a flush, 8-to-1 for a full house, 15-to-1 for four of a kind, 50-to-1 for a straight flush and 200-to-1 for a royal flush. Any hand ranked at less than a pair of Aces loses both the Ante and the additional wager.

Note that if the first four cards dealt would already make up a winning Tequila Poker hand, such as two pair or three of a kind, most online games display the name of the hand below the cards. However, point counts for High Tequila hands are not typically displayed.

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